But before you curl up with a hot chocolate to watch the veritable who’s-who of supermodels strut their stuff in bedazzled bras and wings that would make a swan jealous, read our fun behind-the-scenes facts. Feel free to share this wealth of knowledge with your boyfriend, we just can’t guarantee he’ll be listening.
Ranging from petite wire versions to lavish, floor-sweeping showstoppers, each pair was the collaboration of an entire team of artists. Feather maestro, Parisian Serkan Gura, concocted extravagant wings inspired by tropical birds. Marian “Killer” Hose, sculptor extraordinaire, bent thousands of metal rods and handcrafted their beaded and chiffon-wrapped coatings. Shapeways, a company specializing in cutting edge 3D printing, was enlisted to create intricate snowflake structures. We aren’t experts, but we’re pretty sure these wings should end up in a museum.
Sophia Neophitou, stylist extraordinaire, worked alongside a meticulously culled group of artisans from around the world to create costumes for the 6 themes: British Invasion, Shipwrecked, Pink Network, Parisian Nights, Birds of Paradise and Snow Angels.
The 18th Fantasy Bra and Belt will be worn by Candice Swanepoel and costs a whopping $10 million dollars, second only to the $15 million Red Hot Fantasy Bra and Panties modelled by Gisele Bundchen in 2000. The 18-karat gold set was designed by Mouawad and features handset diamonds, blue and yellow sapphires, and a dangling, 52-karat pear-shaped ruby.
Not all of the models are Angels! This year’s Angels are Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Lindsay Ellingson and Candice Swanepoel. But we are are equally pumped to see some of our favourite catwalkers though, like Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, and Joan Smalls, as well as the newcomers Josephine Skriver, Ming Xi, and Sigrid Agren, who will be walking for the first time in the show.
Makeup Artist Dick Page moved away from the glittery va-va-voom styles of years past, creating a paired down, natural look for the girls. He applied VS Colour Drama Lipstick in Taken ($14) on the nose and cheeks before applying foundation. The smudged brown eyeliner on the upper lash line was dusted with VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact ($20) and topped with a pop of gold on the inner eye. The look was finished with a few swipes of black mascara (no excessive fake lashes here!) and by pressing VS Shine Lip Drama Lip Gloss in Flawless ($12) on the models’ lips.
The models arrived at 9 a.m. and donned pink and white silk robes before being preened by a team of 18 makeup artists and 22 hairstylists. The glossy bedhead look, created by Orlando Pita, was built around each model’s individual style—Karlie rocks her signature bob.
It's also 20 feet wide, which is huge by runway standards! All the better for the winged models to share the stage with performers including Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Neon Jungle, and A Great Big World.
Last year 9.3 million people tuned in worldwide, which is not surprising since it is the only show that boasts the world’s top supermodels, in lingerie, to music performed by chart-topping arts. It is basically the Superbowl of fashion.
The tallest model is 6’1” and the shortest model is 5’8”, so we’ll be wearing some serious heels when we tune in.
Of course the British Invasion portion of the show needs a queen, and who better than Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show veteran, Adriana Lima? The look is inspired by an old English tradition where working class neighbourhoods decorate clothes with pearls and mother-of-pearl buttons for their monarchs. Hopefully she’ll loan us that pearl-encrusted military cap.
The stadium seating accommodates high octane celebrities, fashion editors, model agents, friends and family members of the teams involved, plus hoards of lucky fans who made it through the multi-level security checks and past the watchful eyes of some of the top PR’s in the business.
The stunning stilettos look killer, but must be quite a workout up and down that seriously long runway. Thankfully, these girls are professionals, and probably lost all feeling in their feet years ago. Sophia Webster also designed a set of 12 delectable shoes for the Shipwrecked portion of the show.